11.20.2014

NFL Picks

WEEK 12
Game
Rich
Kevin
KC @ OAK
KC
KC
CLE @ ATL
CLE
ATL
TEN @ PHI
PHI
PHI
DET @ NE
NE
NE
GB @ MIN
GB
GB
JAX @ IND
IND
IND
CIN @ HOU
CIN
HOU
NYJ @ BUF
BUF
NYJ
TB @ CHI
CHI
CHI
ARZ @ SEA
SEA
SEA
STL @ SD
SD
SD
MIA @ DEN
DEN
DEN
WAS @ SF
SF
SF
DAL @ NYG
DAL
DAL
BAL @ NO
NO
BAL



Standings
Rich
Kevin
Current Week
13-2
11-4
YTD Record
123-52
117-58


11.13.2014

NFL Picks

WEEK 11
Game
Rich
Kevin
BUF @ MIA
MIA
MIA
MIN @ CHI
CHI
CHI
HOU @ CLE
CLE
CLE
SEA @ KC
SEA
SEA
ATL @ CAR
CAR
ATL
CIN @ NO
NO
NO
TB @ WAS
WAS
WAS
DEN @ STL
DEN
DEN
SF @ NYG
SF
SF
OAK @ SD
SD
SD
DET @ ARZ
ARZ
ARZ
PHI @ GB
GB
GB
NE @ IND
IND
IND
PIT @ TEN
PIT
PIT



Standings
Rich
Kevin
Current Week
7-7
8-6
YTD Record
110-50
106-54

11.06.2014

NFL Picks

WEEK 10
Game
Rich
Kevin
CLE @ CIN
CIN
CIN
KC @ BUF
BUF
KC
MIA @ DET
DET
DET
DAL @ JAX
DAL
DAL
SF @ NO
NO
NO
TEN @ BAL
BAL
BAL
PIT @ NYJ
PIT
PIT
ATL @ TB
ATL
ATL
DEN @ OAK
DEN
DEN
STL @ ARZ
ARZ
ARZ
NYG @ SEA
SEA
SEA
CHI @ GB
GB
GB
CAR @ PHI
PHI
CAR



Standings
Rich
Kevin
Current Week
9-4
9-4
YTD Record
103-43
98-48

10.31.2014

It Takes a Team

What a great World Series!  Loaded with mega-stars and top 25 fantasy baseball players it was – NOT.  What were the teams loaded with?  Good players who formed great teams – a bunch of top 100 fantasy players supplemented by solid players.

For those who like classic baseball, it was a classic series.  Good pitching, speed and defense were the keys.  Joe Panik was not voted the MVP but he made the MVP (most valuable play).  Without Joe’s incredible start of the double play when Bumgarner was struggling early, there would have been no award for Mr. Madison.  Indeed, without that play, your humble writer suggests that Kansas City wins the Series.

What else was in evident?  Good managing.  OK, like many others I will express concern about Ned Yost and his love of bunting.  I personally follow the Earl Weaver method of managing:  Never, ever give up an out.  But to be fair, it worked for Mr. Yost until the final game of the playoffs.  His decision to take the bat out of Alcedis Escobar’s hands and give it to Nori Aoki proved a poor one.

But wait, was it really a bad decision?  The result would have been totally different had Bruce Bochy and staff not positioned Juan Perez down the line in left – which is exactly where Aoki hit his line drive.  Game 7 of the World Series:  Bochy starts Juan Perez?  Yep, he wanted him in there for defense.  When you position a good defender perfectly, you get optimum results.

Now that I’ve talked about the good defense, let’s consider the second to last play (which was NOT an example of good fielding).  Should the 3B Coach have sent Alex Gordon knowing the chances of him being thrown out were high?  Normally I would say – go for it.  But not here.  Despite the armchair questioning, he would have been a dead duck (no offense to Duck Dynasty of course).  Gordon should have been held at third and he was.

So what’s the deal with this article?  Good teams on which players like each other, know each other’s tendencies and watch each other’s backs become champions.  Teams loaded with stars CAN win but teams loaded with good players who play together well DO win.

This article will also appear on www.rotoprofessor.com.

10.30.2014

NFL Picks

WEEK 9
Game
Rich
Kevin
NO @ CAR
CAR
CAR
TB @ CLE
CLE
CLE
ARZ @ DAL
DAL
ARZ
PHI @ HOU
PHI
PHI
NYJ @ KC
KC
KC
JAX @ CIN
CIN
CIN
SD @ MIA
SD
MIA
WAS @ MIN
MIN
MIN
STL @ SF
SF
SF
DEN @ NE
NE
NE
OAK @ SEA
SEA
SEA
BAL @ PIT
PIT
PIT
IND @ NYG
IND
IND



Standings
Rich
Kevin
Current Week
9-4
11-2
YTD Record
94-39
89-44


10.26.2014

NFL Picks

WEEK 8
Game
Rich
Kevin
SD @ DEN
DEN
DEN
DET @ ATL
DET
DET
STL @ KC
KC
KC
HOU @ TEN
HOU
HOU
MIN @ TB
TB
MIN
SEA @ CAR
SEA
SEA
BAL @ CIN
CIN
BAL
MIA @ JAX
MIA
MIA
CHI @ NE
NE
NE
BUF @ NYJ
BUF
BUF
PHI @ ARZ
ARZ
ARZ
OAK @ CLE
CLE
CLE
IND @ PIT
IND
IND
GB @ NO
GB
GB
WAS @ DAL
DAL
DAL



Standings
Rich
Kevin
Week 8 Results
11-4
11-4
YTD Record
85-35
78-42